Monday, January 30, 2023

Ecuador and Colombia agree in network to fight together on the border

QUITO ( Associated Press) — The presidents of Ecuador and Colombia have agreed to an unusual exchange of messages on social networks from the personal accounts of Guillermo Lasso and Gustavo Petro, respectively, to joint cooperation to fight organized crime and drug trafficking across the border. expressed. region.

Early in the morning, Petro wrote on Twitter that he would seek the support of the Ecuadorian president to conduct a joint operation on the Colombian-Ecuadorian border “against mafias who use the border as a route for drug trafficking.”

A little later, Lasso replied to his Colombian counterpart on the same social network: “Count on our active assistance. In our country we fight resolutely against drug trafficking, drug politics and organized crime. And he Said that Petro can count on the necessary cooperation for that purpose.

In a statement, the Communications Secretariat stressed that in a telephonic conversation after the exchange, the two presidents reaffirmed the decision of the two countries to work together to protect the borders “on both fronts”. “Criminal gangs will have no place in our countries,” Lasso said.

Petro, a former left-wing guerrilla, and Lasso, a former right-wing banker, initiated contact on that social network to exchange norms rather than going into direct dialogue, as is customary in the case of the two countries, not known Is. neighbors that share an extensive border region that goes from the Pacific Ocean, through the Andean region, and ends in the Amazon.

The binational border, especially on the Colombian side, is used by armed gangs, guerrilla dissidents, paramilitaries and criminals to produce and sell large quantities of drugs, mainly cocaine, which they export mainly to the United States and Europe. export to

Ecuador’s government alleges the presence of drug cartels in the country, amid evidence from the seizure of 210 tonnes of narcotics last year and frequent and bloody prison killings in a country where the supremacy of criminal gangs is disputed. Control of drug delivery routes and areas.

Last year, 316 inmates were murdered by other inmates, according to data from the Service for Attention to Persons Ward of Liberty, while in 2022 there have been about 130 murders so far.

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